Councillors bid to find out why village floods
COUNCILLORS in Backwell are to investigate why the village flooded so badly during recent heavy rain.
Sections of the A370 between the crossroads and Flax Bourton were closed off last month after severe weather left parts of the village several inches under water.
A number of homes along the busy route – used by thousands of commuters into Bristol every day – were flooded as torrential rain battered the district.
Now district councillor Karen Barclay and the parish council are to try and assess the reasons why the village was so badly affected during recent deluges.
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Engineers from North Somerset Council are due to inspect and jet the drains, putting special cameras along them to try and identify problems.
Other factors will also be considered such as run-off from local fields and the height of kerbs in some areas of the village.
Mrs Barclay said: "There were some serious problems with flooding in the village during the recent bad weather and a section of the A370 from the traffic lights had to be closed off. I know there were also properties which were flooded.
"There has been a problem in the village with flooding over a number of years and we now need to look at the reasons why it is continuing to happen."
Mrs Barclay is hoping to speak to local people who have lived in Backwell for a number of years to piece together the history of flooding.
She said: "It is good to have local knowledge and we want to gather information about flooding issues in the village and build a picture so it can be fed back to the engineers."